In March 2021, the Trust, the NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Integrated Care Board and Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust approved an integrated care system green plan.
Our green plan includes the following targets:
The NHS England delivering a net zero NHS strategy recommended 2040 as the target year to achieve a net zero carbon footprint. We set 2030 as our net zero carbon footprint target because time of the essence. We have a history of taking a lead role on climate change.
We are committed to operating in a way that protects the environment and is sustainable.
We have recently reviewed our green plan to reconfirm our priority action areas. We are now working hard to embed our net zero targets into our:
In 2006, we were one of the first NHS Trust’s in England to write a carbon reduction strategy. This included an energy based 15% carbon reduction target. By 2015 we achieved a 62% reduction in energy consumption.
Several carbon reduction projects have been delivered, including:
We have made progress, but there is more to do. In 2020 we declared a climate emergency. In March 2021, along with key partners, we set the ambitious net zero targets listed above.